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Hotline Sort: The Right Angle

April 27, 2011
4) Rep. Rick Berg is seriously considering a Senate run. He's received encouragement from former colleagues in the state Legislature who have circulated a letter encouraging him to run. Meanwhile, Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk (R) is set to enter the race Wednesday. Berg has only been in office for three months, making a jump appear somewhat premature. But he would be representing the same constituency in the Senate as he does in the House. North Dakota only has one at-large House district, so Berg already represents all of the state's residents. 3) Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams (R) will step down from his post Thursday and is expected to run for Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) House seat, but has not made a formal announcement. The two other Republicans already in the race are former state Sen. Chuck Gray and former Rep. Matt Salmon. 2) Following speculation she may run as a third party candidate in a Nevada House special election, Sharron Angle says she is committed to running for the seat as a Republican. "I am committed to the House race for the Second Congressional District as a Republican candidate," she said in a statement Tuesday. She added that "a Special Election free-for-all, or a situation where party insiders nominate a candidate, does disservice to our representative democracy." Gov. Brian Sandoval has announced he'll name Ensign's replacement before the senator resigns on May 3, but hasn't set an exact date. The partisan jockeying continues as Democrats are pushing for a free-for-all contest in a possible House special election, while the state GOP has obtained a legal opinion that says the special election must be done through a nominating process through central committee. Meanwhile, a survey of 100 members of Nevada's GOP central committee showed Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki as the favorite for the House seat with 44 percent of the vote. State GOP Chair Mark Amodei finished second with 27 percent while Angle finished third at 11 percent. Krolicki is considering a run for the House seat but has not made an official announcement. 1) Breaking news: President Obama plans to nominate CIA director Leon Panetta to head the Pentagon, senior Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus to lead the CIA, Ryan Crocker as ambassador to Afghanistan, and Lt. Gen. John Allen to succeed Petraeus as commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, officials tell National Journal. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Obama plans to announce his new team Thursday morning. -- Steven Shepard contributed to this post
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